A new video clip indicates that the group including Democrat MP Panich Veera Vikitsreth and Veera Somkwamkid knew they would likely be arrested for entering Cambodian-controlled territory.
There were several video clips posted to YouTube yesterday and I am not sure the Bangkok Post reporters and writers had seen this one. It seems very clear that the group of seven knew they were entering territory claimed, occupied and controlled by Cambodia. The language is Thai and if you need a translation (and if you want to see the other clips) you can go here: http://bit.ly/fTStua
Clips show Panich in Cambodia
MP's video phone call suggests Abhisit knew
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva knew Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth had intruded on Cambodian territory before Mr Panich and six other Thais were arrested by Cambodian soldiers, video footage posted on YouTube shows.
A video clip posted on YouTube shows Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth talking on a mobile phone, saying he is ‘inside Cambodia’.
One of the video clips shows Mr Panich making a phone call to his secretary, named in the conversation as Q. Mr Panich asked Q to inform the prime minister through Mr Abhisit's secretary, Somkiat Krongwatanasuk, that they had crossed the border into Cambodia.
"Please tell Somkiat to inform the prime minister that we are already inside Cambodia. I planned to call the prime minister myself but it is okay now," Mr Panich says on the phone to his secretary .
"Call him [Somkiat] so in case there are problems, we can coordinate because we are already in a Cambodian area. And make sure that he does not tell anybody because only the prime minister must know this."
Mr Panich was vice minister for foreign affairs before he resigned last year to contest a by-election and win a seat as an MP. He is now a member of the lower house committee which vets the memorandums of understanding agreed to by the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission, which is responsible for demarcating the shared border.
The video footage is seen as contradicting claims that the Bangkok MP and six others including Veera Somkwamkid, a member of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), did not cross the border into Cambodia from Khok Sung district in Sa Kaeo on Dec29.
"If we go there, we’ll get arrested for sure!” / Veera Somkwamkhid. They went and they were arrested.
The footage is believed to have been recorded by one of the Thais now being held in prison for trespassing on Cambodian territory.
The voice of one of the Thais is heard on the videos as warning the other members of the group that they could be arrested for entering Cambodia.
Mr Panich and his group were on an inspection tour of the border area after a villager claimed he had evidence to prove the land was part of Thailand.
The seven are now being detained at Prey Sar prison on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. They are expected to be tried possibly today for trespassing on Cambodian territory.
Acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said yesterday it could not be interpreted from Mr Panich's comments recorded on the footage that Mr Abhisit had ordered him to enter Cambodia.
"It is impossible for the prime minister to order a party MP to do that. Why would he do that?" Mr Panitan said.
Mr Panitan said Mr Panich was doing his duty as a member of the lower house committee and was unaware he had entered Cambodia at the time of his arrest.
The army, meanwhile, is trying to stop a rally by the PAD-allied Thai Patriots Network planned for today in Sa Kaeo for fear of further damage to the already fragile but improving relations between Thailand and Cambodia.
First Army commander Udomdet Sitabutr warned the demonstrators not to gather near the border for fear they might unintentionally enter Cambodian territory.
Over 500 villagers in Khok Sung district gathered yesterday in front of the district office to protest against the planned rally by the network and PAD supporters in the district.
The villagers said they had suffered enough from the latest dispute that had led to the closure of the border. Cambodian labourers could not come to work as usual.
You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/fCoa9Q
territory – an area of land controlled by a particular country, leader or army อาณาบริเวณ อาณาเขตประเทศ
claim – to say that you have the right to have or own something, especially land or property อ้างสิทธิ
occupied – (of a place) controlled by a group of people, a country, etc. ครอบครอง
suggest – to show that something is possibly true ชวนคิด
intrude – to go into a place or situation where you are not allowed, wanted or expected to be บุกรุก, ล่วงล้ำ
arrested – caught by the police (or in this case, by soldiers) and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
footage – film or video of a particular subject or event ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries เขตแดน อาณาเขต
coordinate – to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively ประสานงานกัน
vice minister – a person whose position ranks lower than a government minister ผู้ช่วยรัฐมนตรีประจำ
resign – to leave a job permanently ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
contest – to take part in an election or other competition ลงแข่ง, ลงรับเลือกตั้ง
by-election – an election held to fill an empty seat in parliament การเลือกตั้งซ่อม
vet – to examine something in order to decide if it is allowed ตรวจสอบ
memorandum of understanding (MOU) – a document used to describe a form of a written agreement between two or more groups, countries, etc. The document is not as strong as a contract but outlines a commitment between the two to work together toward the same purpose or goals บันทึกความเข้าใจ
joint – done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people ที่ร่วมกัน, ความร่วมมือกัน
boundary – a real or imagined line that marks the edge or limit of something เขตแดน,เส้นแบ่งเขต
commission – a group of people who have been formally chosen to discover information about a problem or examine the reasons why the problem exists คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ
demarcate – to decide the limits of something, especially the borders of an area ปักเขต, กำหนดเขต
contradict – to say that the opposite of what someone has said is true ขัดแย้ง
People’s Alliance for Democracy – the union of several groups protesting against the past government and which staged large protests against the Thaksin government as well พันธมิตรประชาชนเพื่อประชาธิปไตย
trespassing – going onto someone's land or enter their building without permission การบุกรุก,การรุกล้ำ
inspection – the act of looking closely at something or someone and to check that everything is as it should be; examination การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
evidence – information that is used to try to prove something หลักฐาน
detained – kept in a place and not allowed to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
outskirts – the areas at the edge of a city ชานเมือง
try – to examine evidence in court and decide whether somebody is innocent or guilty พิจารณาคดี
interpret – to decide what the intended meaning of something is อธิบาย,ชี้แจง
unaware – not understanding or realising something ซึ่งไม่รู้ตัวมาก่อน
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
rally – a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something การชุมนุม
allied – connected with something ซึ่งมีความสัมพันธ์กัน
patriot – someone who has strong feelings of love, respect and duty towards their country คนที่รักชาติ
network – a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
fragile – weak; easy to damage or break ที่เปราะบาง ไม่แข็งแรงคงทน, ไม่ทนทาน, เสียหายง่าย
improve – to get better ดีขึ้น
relations – connections between people, groups, countries ความสัมพันธ์
commander – the head of an army or army unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา
demonstrators – people who march with other people in public to show that they support or oppose something ผู้ชุมนุมประท้วง
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
unintentionally – not deliberate or planned อย่างไม่ตั้งใจ
suffer – to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation ประสบความลำบาก
dispute – a serious disagreement การโต้เถียง, ความขัดแย้ง
labourer – a person whose job involves hard physical work that is not skilled, especially work that is done outdoors กรรมกร, ผู้ใช้แรงงาน
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